STVM football looking to build on big first-week victory
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The St. Vincent-St. Mary (STVM) High School football team began its season with a 45-10 win over Garfield High School Aug. 28, and head coach Dan Boarman said he liked what he saw in week one.
“It was a nice win,” he said. “We are a really young football team. We lost a number of players from last year’s team and it was nice to see how we executed. That was the thing that was most important to me. Our young people came out and they played hard. They played with intensity. I hope that we can grow from this experience.”
Going forward, Boarman said, the key to improvement for the STVM football team will involve working on “the details.”
“We need to make sure we are finishing blocks, running to the proper holes, tackling, being the proper position — all of those things that are basic details of the game,” he said. “Our coaches just got done watching the film and we will point out some of those things to the kids. I knew there would be mistakes — there are always some mistakes — but there were a lot fewer than I thought would happen.”
Boarman said the team lost “around eight” starters on each side of the ball to graduation following the 2013 season.
“It was just a great season last year, but, as we talk about around here, every year is a different year and we have a legacy to live up to,” he said. “The next people have to step up and build on that legacy.”
Among the players taking over a starting role this season is junior quarterback Dom Davis.
“He did a nice job [on Aug. 28]. He threw for over 200 yards and was very accurate,” the coach said. “He ran our offense the way we would like to see it run.”
According to Boarman, STVM’s offense will be “very diversified” this season.
“I think we will be able to run and throw the ball with equal ability,” he said. “The one thing that I like is that we are a little bigger up front than we have been in the past. I think that’s going to help us be a better line.”
Key players on offense, Boarman said, include senior running back Vince Lockett, junior wider receiver Tyrece Speaight and tight end Sam Yaton.
“These players are returning starters, and we’re expecting good things from them,” the coach stated.
On defense, Boarman said the team is doing “the things that have always worked in the past.”
“We’re very young on defense, but they executed and they attacked and they tackled well in the first game,” he said. “We’ll need to make sure to be gap sound; we’ll have to know our positions; and we will have to be able to get to the ball and tackle. We like to see 11 people at the ball.”
Boarman said senior Dre’k Brumley is expected to make a major contribution to the team’s defense from a new spot.
“We’ve changed his position this year and he’s really started to grow into it,” the coach said. “We’ve moved him from the three technique to the perimeter and we think he can be our big playmaker on defense.”
In addition, Boarman said, Speaight and junior Markus Hurd will help to give STVM a “very solid secondary.”
Overall, the coach described this year’s squad as “young — with room to grow.”
“We know that every day we need to try to grow and get better,” he said. “Last year was last year. I’d love to be able to duplicate that every year, but these are new faces and new kids, with new talents and new skills. We have to be able to do what we do best, and if this team plays to its ability, I think that we can be pretty good. I just want us to walk on the field each week a better team than we were the week before.”
Next up for STVM is a home game against Walsh Jesuit High School tomorrow, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m.
“It’s obviously a big rivalry,” Boarman said, “but this is St. Vincent’s and we’re up for just about any challenge you can give us.”
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